Dr Helen Munn, Executive Director, Academy of Medical Sciences
Helen Munn is the Executive Director of the Academy of Medical Sciences – the UK’s national academy representing the full spectrum of medical science, from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. The Academy’s 1200 elected Fellows are the UK’s most talented biomedical and health researchers, working to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society.
Helen joined the Academy’s policy team in 2004, becoming Executive Director in 2009. Since then she has overseen a major expansion in the Academy’s resources, profile and impact, including a successful £5 million fundraising appeal to establish the Academy’s first headquarters in 2010, influential policy reports, leading-edge public dialogue exercises, and a portfolio of innovative grant and mentoring schemes to support early career researchers in the UK and overseas.
Prior to joining the Academy, Helen completed a fellowship at UK Parliamentary Office for Science & Technology and worked for a short time in the BBC Science Team. She followed her undergraduate degree from The Queen’s College, Oxford with a PhD in molecular endocrinology from the University of Edinburgh.